Individuals of a competitive nature all share similar traits: they usually have a Type A behaviour pattern. They are competitive (obviously), self-critical and strive toward goals. They work hard, and when they play hard, they tend to get easily ‘wound up’ and overreact. They love to win: it’s in their nature.
Monica Gellar from Friends is renowned for her Type A personality and competitive nature. Her friends are afraid to play Pictionary with her after “the Pictionary incident;” to which she replies with “I was gesturing, and the plate slipped out of my hand!” Yet, you love them all the same; even when they beat you at Monopoly.
There are, however, hobbies for the competitive individuals which won’t put a strain on board game night. Read below for hobbies that’ll satisfy those who strive to be number one.
Fencing can be great for a competitive outlet. It also involves logical thinking, strict rules and quick, in the moment thinking. Like chess, you have to think ahead and plan your next move, however, there is a short time span for you to deliberate your next few steps. Fencing can become intense incredibly quickly, which many competitive people enjoy. You have to be cunning and wait for your opponent to leave themselves vulnerable before your strike and declare victory.
Stunt scootering, otherwise known as freestyle scootering, is an incredibly competitive sport. It is also an individual sport (unless anyone ever wishes to oppose them). Those wanting to master stunt scootering will spend hours teaching themselves stunting tricks such as the 360, the nollie and the tail grab. Grit scooters are of excellent quality, and regardless of budget, can be bought for beginners or professionals. Find the nearest skate park and put your skills to the test; find others and challenge them. Stunt scootering can be for both children and adults.
The competition doesn’t always have to be against others. Instead, you can compete against yourself and try to improve your personal best. Running, especially long-distance running, is a gift for those competitive individuals who long to constantly better themselves. Once you’ve reached your ultimate personal best, you can then sign up for short or long-distance competitions; half-marathons or marathons. Race against others and see whether you’re the best of the best.
There’s a whole virtual world out there for those who love to be number one. If you enjoy shooting games, then Call of Duty (CoD) is ideal for you; you can sign in online and play a large-scale multiplayer game, where you battle others across the globe. Plug in your headset and speak to your teammates as well as your rivals. Other games you can play online are Destiny and Borderlands. If shooting games aren’t your style, then consider Rocket League, Guitar Hero and Surgeon Simulator. However, remember to keep your cool and respect fellow players; online trolling is becoming a problem and shouldn’t be brought to the online table. Remember your gaming etiquette.
Keeping your cool with a competitive person can be incredibly difficult at times; especially if you also have a competitive nature. Therefore, suggest the following hobbies to a competitive individual in the hopes of lessening their competitive traits when you all play a game together. Alternatively, if you’re a competitive person, try out the aforementioned sports in the hopes of beating the competition.